State and Regional News

Governor commends legislature for quick action on Fast Track

After hearing public testimony last week, the House Workforce Development Committee unanimously voted earlier this week to pass House Bill 225, a bill creating Fast Track, a new financial aid program that will help provide training and put more Missourians to work.

Missouri WIC operations and services remain uninterrupted

    The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, known as WIC, remains in operation in Missouri. Missouri WIC local agencies will continue to hold appointments with participants and will provide the same level of services and benefits. Missouri WIC has received funding to support normal program operations through at least March 31, 2019.

Advocates for the elderly preparing to fight for lost funding, new protections

By Camden Jones, Columbia Missourian
Advocates for Missouri’s seniors will have their hands full in this year’s legislative session defending current programs, trying to secure lost funding and pushing for new protections for the elderly. They say funding has been cut for several key programs that help seniors get proper care, which has made some of them concerned about future legislation.

Governor urges Missourians to limit travel as hazardous conditions take hold across Missouri

Following a meeting with members of his emergency management team at the State Emergency Operations Center, Governor Mike Parson urged Missourians to pay close attention to their local forecast, to limit travel as necessary, and give emergency responders and road crews room to do their jobs through Thursday.

Water regulation could tighten, improve drinking water quality under new bill

By Yue Yu, Columbia Missourian
JEFFERSON CITY — A bill that would mandate regular checks and reports on drinking water quality and water infrastructure conditions sparked controversy at a Senate hearing last Wednesday, as some worried it would pare down local control and add financial burden to communities.